(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted a water contact advisory Wednesday for Station 3 (Waveland Beach). Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels. There are no advisories in effect across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The advisory is lifted for:

  • Station 3 — Waveland Beach — The extent is from Oak Blvd eastward to Favre St.

An advisory is issued when bacteria levels exceed water quality criteria and pose an increased risk to human health. Under the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program, water is tested for the presence of Enterococcus bacteria, which is an indicator for bacteria pollution. When an advisory is issued, water contact should be avoided. Swimmers are reminded that the Beach Task Force has a standing recommendation that swimming not occur during or within 24 hours of a significant rainfall event.

More information about the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program and the location of beach sampling stations is available at: opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches.To receive beach advisories directly, fill out a contact form at opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches/contact.html for inclusion in a public group email list, text “MDEQbeach” to 95577, or follow MDEQ on Twitter: @MDEQ.

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